Library Column for August 11, 2023

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Today is the last day of summer reading programming. You are encouraged to continue reading and turning in reading for prize books until the end of August. Everyone can earn up to eight free books this summer.

Summer days can feel both so long and go by so quickly. Grab a lovely summer fiction title, visit and the beach (but keep the book out of the water) and read in the sun for a bit.  Have you read Nancy Thayer’s latest summer title All the Days of Summer again set on Nantucket as families must figure out how to fight for the future they want. Popular author Kristan Higgins has set her newest title A Little Ray of Sunshine on Cape Cod as an adopted son shows up to meet his birth mom.

Emma Cline has just released The Guest an end of summer novel about an unwanted guest who has an uncanny ability to navigate the desires of others and moves from place to place leaving destruction in her wake as she tries to fit into the rarified world of Long Island.

Beatriz William, who writes historical fiction has set her latest novel The Beach at Summerly in the summer of 1946 on Winthrop Island with intrigue, romance and deception. Emilia spent the war caring for her incapacitated mother, Olive who just moved into the guest cottage spent the war traveling, marrying fascinating men and becoming involved in politics.

One of the queens of summer fiction, Elin Hilderbrand continues to write about relationships in The Five-Star Weekend. Hollis’ life seem picture perfect, but that is all it is a picture. After hearing about these ‘five-star weekends’ where people gather their best friend from each decade of their life for a weekend together, Hollis decides to try her own and soon discovers it won’t the Hallmark movie she is hoping for.

And what is more summery than summer theater. Meg Mitchell Moore has written Summer Stage all about what art and fame mean to different people, standing up for those beliefs and discovering what you really want in life through a summer production at the storied Block Island Theater.

I also highly recommend Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley, the sequel to The Firekeeper’s Daughter also an amazing read if you haven’t picked it up yet. Perry is ready for a summer of fishing and slacking, but after a fender bender (that totally wasn’t her fault) she stuck working to pay back her Aunt. She rapidly finds herself becoming caught up in a desire to repatriate ancestor remains stuck at institutions, especially after meeting “Warrior Girl’ whose bones and knife are stored in the museum archives. This was an amazing story, with facts I knew very little about.

Jenny Han’s 2012 novel We’ll Always Have Summer is a classic in YA fiction, but still popular and part of the riveting series The Summer I Turned Pretty an It’s Not Summer Without You.

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